How to clean a gaming chair

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If you’ve had your expensive gaming chair for a while, then you may be wondering how to clean a gaming chair. You’ve probably eaten and dropped food on it, spilled your drink on it a few times, and there is just general dust and filth building up on it.

While it’s not crucial that you clean your gaming chair, it can make it last longer, make it smell better, and just make it look a lot nicer, especially if you’re streaming or have friends over. If you spend hours a day gaming, whether as a hobby or a profession, and doing other work on your gaming chair, then it’s going to build up filth pretty fast and transfer to you.

If you’re interested in getting some quick and easy steps on how to clean a gaming chair, then keep reading.

Step 1: What is your gaming chair made of?

How to clean a gaming chair can depend on the material that your gaming chair is made of. In general, this will either be Polyurethane (PU) leather, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) leather, mesh, or fabric.

You’ll also want to confirm the manufacturer’s instructions on what kind of cleaning products can be used, and that is done by a cleaning code in the same place as your material type, either S, W, or S/W.

  • S means you must use special solvent, and you should not use water or standard cleaning products. You can often get this at your grocery store, or you may need to buy it off Amazon.
  • W means you can use water and some mild dish soap, and this is most likely what your chair is going to be.
  • S/W means you can use the special solvent or water, so your chair is durable and can be cleaned by most things.
Detergents to clean a gaming chair

A few of the best non-solvent-based cleaners you can get in the market are:

  • Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Mr. Clean Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  • Purell Multi Surface Disinfectant
  • Clorox Scentiva Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Microban 24 Hour Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  • Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner
  • VEO Active-Probiotics Surface Cleaner

To find out what material your chair is made of and what code has been given to your chair, you can check:

  • Your chair care label, which may be on the underside of your seat.
  • Your chairs manual should have the details on what it’s made of and even cleaning instructions.
  • Use Google or go to the manufacturer’s website to get the details on your chair.

If we’re being honest, getting this information is a bit of a hassle, but you only need to do it once, so it’s worth finding out to make sure you don’t cause problems for your chair.

Step 2: Dust or vacuum your gaming chair

PU or PVC leather dusting

Get a duster or just a dry microfiber cloth and go over the entire chair, making sure you get into all the nooks and crannies of the chair, including the base.

Mesh or fabric vacuuming

Use a vacuum cleaner with a smaller attachment or a handheld vacuum to go over the entire chair. You shouldn’t need to scrub; just suck up all the debris and dust on the chair.

Step 3: Deep clean your gaming chair

Remember to use either water with mild dish soap or your special solvent, depending on what your care instructions say. S, W, S/W that you find above will determine what you use.

Mesh gaming chairs

Use your cleaner on a microfiber cloth and blot the gaming chair gently, you shouldn’t be scrubbing mesh chairs, or you can damage them.

Fabric gaming chairs

Use a spray bottle with your cleaner and spray your chair but don’t soak it, then use a microfiber cloth or brush to scrub your chair thoroughly. Fabric chairs can be scrubbed and don’t need to be blotted; just be careful not to scrub too hard or too long, especially on stubborn areas, as we’ll clean those later.

PU or PVC leather gaming chairs

Use a wet (but not soaking) microfiber cloth to gently wipe down the entire surface of the gaming chair. You can then use a dry microfiber cloth to dry everything down afterward.

Step 4: Spot clean stubborn stains on your gaming chair

If you have any particularly stubborn stains on your chair, you can spot clean them. However, it’s important not to do this too often as it can start to damage your chair, so it’s best to clean up spills or mess as soon as they happen.

Test a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the underside of your chair to see if there is any damage caused or fading done. Using a microfiber cloth, cotton ball, or paper towels, blot a small area, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it off with water. If everything is good, then you can continue on the top side of your gaming chair.

Using a dry cloth or paper towels with a small amount of rubbing alcohol, you can blot the stubborn stain and then let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Then, you should wipe or blot the alcohol away with water using a clean microfiber cloth.

Step 5: Clean the rest of your chair

Any areas on your chair that are plastic can be cleaned with water and mild dish soap. Get a microfiber cloth, wet it with the water and dish soap, and rub down the rest of your chair to get any food and remaining dust. Use a dry microfiber cloth afterward to ensure there are watermarks.

If you’re feeling very enthusiastic, you can clean the casters; at a minimum, use a wet microfiber cloth to wipe them down. You can also use tweezers or scissors to clear out any hair that’s become strapped in the casters.

Step 6: Vacuum the area around your gaming chair

Your final step is just to vacuum around your gaming chair to pick up any food or items that you flicked out as you were cleaning and so that there is no hair left for your casters to pick up. Many people prefer to do this step before starting the whole process, because it is less likely flying dust particles can get sticked to the gaming chair you just cleaned, however, you can do it as you please.

If your chair is still a little wet from cleaning, let it dry completely before getting back to using it. Don’t put it in direct sunlight, or this could fade the material; just leave it for an hour or two to air dry.


Now you know exactly how to clean a gaming chair, and it will be much faster and easier in the future, especially if you clean up any messes and spills when they happen. 

Some online guides will tell you not to eat or drink while gaming, which isn’t realistic and can often take away from the experience. The guides might also tell you to put a towel or cover over your chair, which you can do but then why did you bother getting a cool-looking chair in the first place just to cover it up.

Make sure you enjoy your gaming chair and remember that it won’t last forever, and don’t worry too much about the little things.

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